Women are under-represented at every level of public life. In OECD countries, women hold fewer than 1/3 of lower house seats in national legislatures. At the local level, estimates show only 5% of the world’s mayors are women.
There can be no robust growth without gender equality. Excluding women is estimated to cost the global economy USD $6 Trillion, 7.5% of global GDP. However, the effect is not limited to GDP, but also affects the aspirations, opportunities and outcomes for society as a whole.
Speakers discussed the use of legislation and administration procedures to ensure gender equality (such as budgeting and equality clauses in tendering), the role of a commission on gender equality, alignment with SDG 5 – Gender Equality, and how the provision of affordable childcare, training and networking opportunities can assist woman with children.
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Moderated by Aziza Akhmouch, Head of Cities, Urban Policies and Sustainable Development Division, Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities, OECD